Some people appear genetically immune to catching COVID — but scientists are still not sure why

Some people appear genetically immune to catching COVID — but scientists are still not sure why

Amitha Kalaichandran | 
[Molecular biology professor Mayana] Zatz’s work is part of a growing effort to identify factors that may make people resistant ...
Viewpoint: Did men evolve to be better athletes than women? Here’s a rethink

Viewpoint: Did men evolve to be better athletes than women? Here’s a rethink

Cara Ocobock | 
As the Summer Olympics gear up to kick off in Tokyo, Japan, on July 23—delayed a year thanks to the ...
Viewpoint: Meta-review of 266 studies concludes weedkiller paraquat doesn’t cause Parkinson’s disease

Viewpoint: Meta-review of 266 studies concludes weedkiller paraquat doesn’t cause Parkinson’s disease

Douglas Weed | 
In order to examine the extent to which a consensus exists in the scientific community regarding the relationship between paraquat ...
‘It’s all in your head’: Do thinking and feeling really happen in the brain?

‘It’s all in your head’: Do thinking and feeling really happen in the brain?

Joe Gough | 
Someone’s probably told you before that something you thought, felt or feared was ‘all in your mind’. I’m here to ...
Each half portion of beef you swap out could add 48 minutes to your life — and cut your meal’s carbon footprint by one third

Each half portion of beef you swap out could add 48 minutes to your life — and cut your meal’s carbon footprint by one third

Emma Bryce | 
Substituting just half a portion of beef with a handful of nuts, vegetables, fruits, and seafood could buy you 48 ...
We will all likely get COVID. How can we adapt to living with the virus?

We will all likely get COVID. How can we adapt to living with the virus?

Sarah Zhang | 
We don’t know exactly how the four common-cold coronaviruses first came to infect humans, but some have speculated that at ...
Harnessing biotechnology: Faced with 720 million undernourished people around the world, UN embraces genetic engineering and precision agriculture

Harnessing biotechnology: Faced with 720 million undernourished people around the world, UN embraces genetic engineering and precision agriculture

Mona Chaya, Preet Lidder | 
In 2020, between 720 and 811 million people were undernourished globally, around 161 million more people than in 2019. Conflict ...
Ghana’s first genetically modified crop – pod borer resistant cowpea — is poised to address widespread protein deficiency challenges

Ghana’s first genetically modified crop – pod borer resistant cowpea — is poised to address widespread protein deficiency challenges

A Senior Research Scientist with the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research ...
Solving the problem of death: 150 seems to be an outer age limit, and here’s why

Solving the problem of death: 150 seems to be an outer age limit, and here’s why

Emily Willingham | 
In Silicon Valley, immortality is sometimes elevated to the status of a corporeal goal. Plenty of big names in big ...
Wide disagreement among religious groups about vaccine mandates

Wide disagreement among religious groups about vaccine mandates

Michelle Boorstein | 
Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a standoff between personal freedoms and bodily integrity on one side ...
Instituted to protect our food, the ‘precautionary principle’ often perpetuates fears and does more harm than good

Instituted to protect our food, the ‘precautionary principle’ often perpetuates fears and does more harm than good

Richard Williams | 
The origin of the term “better safe than sorry” goes back to a book written in 1837, Rory O’More. The rest ...
Coffee and heart disease: Yet another study funds multiple cups a day reduces death risks

Coffee and heart disease: Yet another study funds multiple cups a day reduces death risks

Sandee LaMotte | 
Drinking up to three cups of coffee a day may protect your heart, a new study finds. Among people with ...
Viewpoint: Case closed — Ivermectin doesn't work for treating or preventing COVID despite social media and rightwing media claims

Viewpoint: Case closed — Ivermectin doesn’t work for treating or preventing COVID despite social media and rightwing media claims

Steven Salzberg | 
Ivermectin doesn’t work. It doesn’t prevent Covid-19, nor does it treat it. Unfortunately, the official government response to this misinformation ...
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Viewpoint: ‘The fetus is 1/25th of an inch’ — Texas abortion ban bungles the science on when human life begins, contends biologist and professor

Ricki Lewis | 
Now that early abortion is essentially banned and criminalized in Texas, with other states soon to debate similar legislation, it's ...
Organic farming offers some nutritional advantages — but these benefits are limited. Here’s a science review

Organic farming offers some nutritional advantages — but these benefits are limited. Here’s a science review

Léon Guéguen | 
Stimulated by the distribution trade and various favorable promotional messages, the demand for organic food continues to grow steadily, despite ...
How important is testosterone for male success?

How important is testosterone for male success?

Amanda Hughes, Neil Davies, Sean Harrison | 
There’s a widespread belief that your testosterone can affect where you end up in life. At least for men, there ...
The ‘storm in their minds’: How the gap between laboratory insights and clinical analysis is narrowing

The ‘storm in their minds’: How the gap between laboratory insights and clinical analysis is narrowing

Elizabeth Landau | 
When someone close to you develops signs of mental illness, you spring into detective mode. You ask questions, but the answers ...
Suddenly, we have more antidepressant alternatives than just conventional depression-treating drugs

Suddenly, we have more antidepressant alternatives than just conventional depression-treating drugs

Claudia Lopez-Lloreda | 
Patient responses.... after years of unsuccessful treatment with standard drugs, are spurring a gradual — and, some would say, overdue ...
How diabetes and mental health are inextricably linked

How diabetes and mental health are inextricably linked

Jeremy Abbate | 
Mental health has long been known as a determinant of physical health, a fact made painfully obvious during a pandemic ...
Part I: Viewpoint — Does American medicine perpetuate a ‘racist caste system’? Critical Race Theory enters mainstream health

Part I: Viewpoint — Does American medicine perpetuate a ‘racist caste system’? Critical Race Theory enters mainstream health

John Murawski | 
Medical schools are adding units on critical race theory, intersectionality, implicit bias, identity, oppression, allyship, power and privilege to their curricula. Medical students are ...
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How Freddie Mercury got his voice: It wasn’t his teeth

Ricki Lewis | 
Was Freddie Mercury's magnificent voice aided by a genetic defect? ...
New data suggest October 2019 could be SARS-CoV-2's origin date. Here’s the timeline

New data suggest October 2019 could be SARS-CoV-2’s origin date. Here’s the timeline

Rebecca Sohn | 
A joint WHO study by Chinese and international researchers identified 174 SARS-CoV-2 infections throughout December, with the earliest going back ...
How the vaccinated have convinced their hesitant loved ones to get a COVID shot

How the vaccinated have convinced their hesitant loved ones to get a COVID shot

Shelby Heinrich | 
We asked the BuzzFeed Community to share how they convinced the vaccine skeptics in their life to get vaccinated for ...
Genetics can predispose us to certain diseases, but common sense and science-driven interventions can significantly decrease risks

Genetics can predispose us to certain diseases, but common sense and science-driven interventions can significantly decrease risks

Henry Miller | 
The study of genetics has always been an attempt to understand our biologically determined fate. Many of us know of ...
Preventing the next virus outbreak: Making vaccine development and production a global mission

Preventing the next virus outbreak: Making vaccine development and production a global mission

Seth Berkley | 
How do we prevent a pandemic like this from happening again?  ... [We need] the ability to rapidly develop and ...
10 key facts about Golden Rice, a GMO that can save the lives and sight of millions of children

10 key facts about Golden Rice, a GMO that can save the lives and sight of millions of children

Daniel Norero | 
"This rice could save a million kids a year," read a famous Time magazine cover from July 2000. The report ...
On average, women live 5 years longer than men. It’s mostly genetics

On average, women live 5 years longer than men. It’s mostly genetics

Tara Santora | 
Around the world, women live longer, on average. So why do women tend to outlive men?  Two of the main ...
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